January 12 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

A Surgical Option to Treat Depression

By Robert M. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., and Ajay Ananda, M.D.

A new surgical option to treat depression, called Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS) treatment, has shown to be effective in certain cases.

Important Notice Regarding AB-487 Late Compliance

Cedars-Sinai has been unofficially advised that the Medical Board of California will accept late compliance with the AB-487 Pain Management and End-of-Life Care CME requirement (no outside date was specified).

FDA Orders Unapproved Quinine Drugs Off the Market

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week ordered firms to stop marketing unapproved drug products containing quinine -- a drug used to treat malaria -- citing serious safety concerns, including deaths, associated with quinine products.


By John G. Harold, M.D., & William W. Brien, M.D. Co-Chairs, Physician Advisory Team, Clinical System Selection

A key part of Cedars-Sinai's Clinical Information Technology strategic plan is beginning: the process to select a proven clinical system that will encompass Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE), Electronic Medication Administration Record, Multidisciplinary Clinical Documentation, Pharmacy and Decision support.

This clinical system will link with -- not replace -- several other existing clinical systems, such as CareVue, Centricity, EmSTAT, SIS, Watchchild, Lab and Imaging.

New regulation designed to reduce medication errors in California hospitals has gone into effect that will free pharmacists for greater involvement in direct patient care.

The FDA has issued an updated public health advisory about a serious new disease that may occur in patients with moderate to end-stage kidney disease after they have had an MRI or MR angiography (MRA) scan with a gadolinium-based contrast agent.

Noreen N. Oswell, DPM has been named one of the country's 175 Most Influential Podiatrists by Podiatry Management magazine.

Boris Catz, M.D. was awarded special recognition by the American Thyroid Association at their annual meeting.


Cedars-Sinai is failing to meet the goal of providing accurate discharge medication lists to patients. To improve our performance, the "e-Discharge Medication List" has been implemented housewide.

New Biomedical Sciences Department Established

The department will play a major role in research education and research training of medical fellows, residents and graduate students.

Monday, Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Holiday Celebration
The 5th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration will be presented from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch is included.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

The Bioethics Noon Conference
The Center for Health Care Ethics will sponsor the Bioethics Noon Conference on "Dealing with Tough Situations: When Families and Caregivers Disagree" from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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